Phoebe Waller-Bridge is immensely talented. From winning dozens of well-deserved awards to writing and acting in pretty much the most hilarious show on television, this girl has the goods. To give the public even more of what it wants (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, obviously), she was called upon to host Saturday Night Live this weekend with side-splitting results.
As if we weren’t already obsessed enough with the Fleabag star, she gave us a glimpse of a combo we never would have dreamed up. Waller-Bridge appeared in a hilarious, and scarily accurate, parody sketch about Love Island and TBH, we are all in.
Meet Bella-Rosa, a pediatric nurse from Essex with a boxer for a dad and a pub for a mother (yeah, you read that right). This isn’t the gloriously stunning Phoebe we’re used to seeing, but instead a fake tanned, long-nailed, plump-lipped version who says she told her surgeon to aim for “allergic reaction.” It’s weird, but she kind of makes it work.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) October 6, 2019
The sketch walks us through the Love Island basics—coupling up, lounging around judging everyone, talking about feelings—but in proper British LI form (that is, a heavy emphasis on the “mugging off,” the “pie-ing” off, and the all-around “craic,” none of which we or anyone else understands). We see PWB’s character choose a guy to couple up with (sadly no, it wasn’t her Emmy co-presenter Bill Hader) but ultimately get dumped for the blonder and smaller-bikini-wearing “bird,” Grace.
The whole sketch is just so on point—anyone else feel victimized by the voiceover’s assertion, “You will watch 50 hours of this. You think you won’t; but you will?”—and PWB’s glorious performance literally makes it a thousand times better. Our two takeaways are: 1) that sketch temporarily filled the hole we’ve had in our lives since Love Island US ended, and 2) we need to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge kicking it on the island next season.
Hey, if Mila and Ashton could appear on The Bachelorette, who says the same can’t happen here?
Hello, Love Island gods? Yes, we’d like to nominate Phoebe Waller-Bridge to appear on every single episode in the future, please and thank-you. Or maybe just narrate it? We’re open to suggestion.